New to this forum and not sure where to post this request but, here goes!
Basically I have a 1.6 Astra SXI X Reg with the X16XEL engine,
Lately its started to burn a lot of oil and on start up is emitting a lot of blue smoke, checked for headgasket- all clear, next step thought it could be valve stem oil seals so I put a seal treatment through the engine, ran it for 200 miles as recommended, then used a forte motor flush and changed engine oil and filter, still persisting to do this, car also seems to have lost some power, thinking it could be piston rings? Also, engine is making a rattling noise??
So basically I was thinking, what is the next best step, the current engine has 107,000 miles on the clock so I was thinking it could be a good excuse to have an upgrade or tune the car up some how, any ideas how I could do this? To put a bigger engine in I suppose I would really need a donor car, are there any other engine blocks I can put in my car to give it more performance, how would I go about this,
I'm only asking for advice as I'm only an apprentice mechanic so I don't know a hell of a lot yet, so basically looking for advice on what I can do to cure the rattling and oil loss, whilst at the same time putting it to good use and increasing performance from the car?
Many Thanks, Rick